"Duke of Portland" arrived Lyttelton September 1851

"Duke of Portland"

New Zealand Bound

The Duke of Portland, ship, 533t, built in 1842, arrived Lyttelton 26 September 1851 from Portsmouth, England.  List of Persons whom the Canterbury Association have authorized to embark for Canterbury, New Zealand per Ship "Duke of Portland", W.J. Cubitt, Commander, Powell, Surgeon- Superintendant, Frederick Young, Manger of Shipping. 10 June, 1851. 

Chief Cabin

Adams       Mr       40   M   Y   for Auckland                                      
Adams       Mrs      36   F   Y   for Auckland                                      
Body        Miss E.  29   F       travelling with Mr. Jackson                       
Butterworth Rev'd    38   M       Chaplain                                          
Fleming     M. le    22   M                                                         
Hewell      J.D.     23   M                                                         
Hooper      John     20   M       for Auckland                                      
Jackson     Alex' I. 48   M   Y 2                                                   
Jackson     M.M.     12   F                                                         
Jackson     Robert I.11   M                                                         
Morrison    James    18   M       Forwarded to Nelson, for Wellington.              
Powell               30   M       Surgeon                                         

Second Cabin

Coupland   Richard   30   M       Grocer       for Auckland                                      
Humphries  James     22   M                                                                      
Lauder     Mrs       19   F   Y                                                                  
Lauder     Phillip   19   M   Y                                                                 
Palmer     Alfred    6    M                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Boyce     45   M   Y 9              for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Boyce     12   M                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Eliza     19   F                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Eliza     35   F   Y 9              for Auckland                                      
Palmer     infant    inf  F                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Joseph    8    M                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Julius    10   M                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Mary      2    F                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Matilda   13   F                    for Auckland                                      
Palmer     Stephen?  3    M                    for Auckland                                      
Pearse     John      42   M                    for Auckland                                                  
White      Mr        27   M   Y   Schoolmaster                                                   
White      Mrs       23   F   Y                                                                  

Steerage Cabin

Thomas J.H.    36   M   Y 1
Thomas M.Jane  inf  F      
Thomas Matilda 30   F   Y 1

Steerage (paid)

Hays     Robert    25   M Farmer    for Auckland                      
Linsley            13   M           for Auckland                      
Linsley            17   M           for Auckland                      
McKenzie Augusta   19   F Governess                                    
McKenzie Charlotte 17   F Governess                                    
Reas     H.Robert  22   M Gardener                                     
Siggs    James     16   M           for Auckland 
Siggs    Robert    11   M           for Auckland                    


Barclay     Alexander 5    M                                                                                
Barclay     Barbara   30   F  Y  3                                                                          
Barclay     Barbara   4    F                                                                                
Barclay     Roderick  2    M                                                                                
Barclay     Thomas    33   M  Y  3                                                                          
Bishop      Thomas    31   M        Shoemaker             married on board                                  
Blower      Adam      22   M  Y  3  Carter & Agr. Lab.                                                      
Blower      George    5    M                                                                                
Blower      Letitia   10   F                                                                                
Blower      Mary      28   F  Y  3                                                                          
Blower      William   2    M                                                                                
Chambers    Mary A.   19   F        Domestic Servant      married on board                                  
Dell        George    15   M        Agr. Labourer                                                           
Donaldson   Agnes     25   F  Y  1                                                                          
Donaldson   Robert    25   M        Shepherd                                                                
Grace       Catherine 38   F  Y  2                                                                          
Grace       Sarah     12   F                                                                                
Grace       William   33   M  Y  2                                                                          
Grace       William    6   M                                                                                
Going       Isabella  27   F  Y                                                                             
Going       James     31   M  Y     Farm Laborer                                                            
Goodwin     John      36   M  Y  2                                                                          
Goodwin     Lucy      34   F  Y  2                                                                          
Goodwin     Mary Ann  12   F                                                                                
Goodwin     Samuel     6   M                                                                                
Hall        Elizabeth 12   F                                                                                
Hall        Jane       8   F                                                                                
Hall        Mary      40   F  Y  3                                                                          
Hall        Samuel    10   M                                                                                
Hall        Thomas    40   M  Y  3  Farm Laborer                                                            
Hopsack     Agnes     25   F  Y  1                                                                          
Hopsack     James     35   M  Y  1  Farm Labourer                                                           
Hopsack     James     inf  M                                                                                
Jones       Robert    18   M        Agr. Labourer
MacKay      Ann       26   F        Domestic Servant                                                        
MacKay      Barbara   46   F                                                                                
MacKay      Donald    28   M        Shephers & Agr. Lab.                                                    
MacKay      Jn' Clark  24   M       Shephers & Agr. Lab                                                     
MacKay      Jane      16   F        Domestic Servant                                                        
MacKay      Roderick  48   M  Y     Shepherd                                                                
Main        David     35   M  Y  3  Agr. Labourer                                                           
Main        George     2   M                                                                                
Main        James      6   M                                                                                
Main        James     41   M  Y  4  Agr. Labourer                                                           
Main        Jane      30   F  Y  3                                                                          
Main        Jane      42   F  Y  2                                                                          
Main        Mary      7    F                                                                                
Main        Mary      7    F                                                                                
Main        Robert    4    M                                                                                
Main        Susan     1    F                                                                                
Main        Thomas    3    M                                                                                
Marks       Hannah    27   F  Y                             wife of ship's carpenter                                                
Marks       William   27   M  Y     Carpenter               worked his out passage                                               
McDreness?  James     31   M        Farm Labourer                                                           
Meddings    Harriett  29   F  Y  1                                                                          
Meddings    William   7    M                                                                                
Meddings    William   31   M  Y  1  Pump maker                                                              
Milderness? James     31   M        Farm Laborer                                                            
Neal        Emma      9    F                                                                                
Neal        Joseph    1    M                                                                                
Neal        Mary      39   F  Y  3                                                                          
Neal        Rosanna   11   F                                                                                
Neal        William   38   M  Y  3  Farm Laborer                                                            
Pease       William   34   M        Agr. Laborer                                                            
Perry       Alfred    25   M  Y     Sawyer                                                                  
Perry       Elizabeth 20   F  Y                                                                             
Salebell    Fanny     21   F  Y  1                                                                          
Salebell    Frances   1    F                                                                                
Salebell    William   22   M  Y  1  Bricklayer                                                              
Savage      Charles   40   M  Y                                                                             
Savage      Martha    40   F  Y                                                                             
Shakespeare Edward    23   M        Agr. Labourer                                                           
Somas       Eliza     21   F  Y                                                                             
Somas       Richard   26   M  Y     Farm Labourer                                                           
Sunckell    Ann       22   F                                                                                
Sunckell    Ann       inf  F                                                                                
Sunckell    John      35   M  Y  1  Farm Laborer   
Sutton      William   23   M        Farm Labourer                                                           
Thompson    Charles   10   M                                                                                
Thompson    Frances   39   F  Y  4                                                                          
Thompson    Frances   11   F                                                                                
Thompson    George    11   M                                                                                
Thompson    Jane      7    M                                                                                
Thompson    Thomas    39   M  Y  4  Agr. Laborer                                                            
Wheeler     Ann       38   F  Y  5                                                                          
Wheeler     Charles   inf  M                                                                                
Wheeler     Frederick 9    M                                                                                
Wheeler     George    9    M                                                                                
Wheeler     Henry     12   M                                                                                
Wheeler     Matilda   3    F                                                                                
Wheeler     Willaim   15   M        Labourer                                                                
Wheeler     William   34   M  Y  5  Wheelwright                                                             
Wood        Caroline  15   F        Domestic Servant                                                        
Wood        Eliza     2    F                                                                                
Wood        Eliza     45   F  Y  4                                                                          
Wood        Emma      11   F                                                                                
Wood        George    13   M                                                                                
Wood        Isabel    6    F                                                                                
Wood        John      55   M  Y  4  Carpenter                                                               
Wood        Nancy     18   F        Domestic Servant                                                        
Wood        Wrsula?   25   F        Domestic Servant                                                        

Reference: Canterbury Association Shipping Office (London, England) Lyttelton Shipping List  Published: Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, 1973. Copy of passenger lists of some Canterbury Association emigrant ships held in the Canterbury Museum.  Available on microfilm at Family History Centres worldwide through their loan programme. Item #1066515

Passenger list appeared in The Lyttelton Times and Passenger Lists of Canterbury Association Ships published 1900.

New Zealander 25 October 1851 Page 2
ARRIVALS. Oct. 24 Duke of Portland, 533 tons, Captain William John Cubitt, from London (Portsmouth June 18th,) via Port Victoria, the 13th inst. Passengers Mrs. Cubitt, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, Mr. Hooper, Rev. Buttleworth, Dr. Powell, Mr. & Mrs. Palmer & 7 children, Mr, Pearse, Mr, Coupland, Mr. Hays, Mr. T. Figgs, Mr. H. Figgs, Rev. J. Thomas, Honble. and Rev. W. Bertie and servant. Brown & Campbell, agents.

The Duke of Portland, Captain Cubitt, sailed from Portsmouth for Canterbury on the 19th June, where she arrived, with 151 immigrants, on the 24th September. She sailed thence for this port on the 15th instant. The ship Lady Nugent, from London, arrived at Port Victoria on the 18th September, and the Midlothian, bringing English News to the 22nd June, airived on the 8th instant. The Canterbury sailed from the Downs in company with the Midlothian, but had not arrived when the Duke of Portland left. The Government brig Victoria, bound for Wellington, sailed from Port Victoria, in company with the Duke of Portland.

On board " Duke of Portland," 16th September, 1851. To Captain Cubitt, Commanding Ship Duke op Portland.
Sir, We, the undersigned, Cuddy and Intermediate Passengers in your ship from England to New Zealand, are desirous, before taking leave of you, to express our sense of the attention and kindness which we have uniformly experienced at your hands; as well as the skill aud watchful care you have, throughout the voyage, evinced, in the very responsible duties which have devolved upon you, as Commander of this ship. We have much pleasure in further announcing, that the Steerage Passengers cordially unite in this expression of our feelings ; and they have requested us to combine their good wishes with those we sincerely entertain, that every blessing, happiness, and prosperity may ever attend you.
Michael Fleming, Philip Lander, Arthur Fulford Adams, Margaret Lander, Henrietta Adams, James Humphries

Alexander I. Jacksonn, A. S.I. White, Elizabeth Bodde, Sarah Perry White, Mary Jackson, Robert Hayr, Robert S. Jackson, John Pearse, James D. Hewett, Boyce Palmar, A. N. Butterworth, Eliza Palmer, J. Morrison, Eliza Palmer, jun., John R. Hooper, Matilda S. Palmer, Robert Powell, Boyce F. Palmer, Richard Couplaud, John C. Pulmer.

At Sep, 17th Sept., 1851. W . Cubitt, Esq., Commander of the Ship Duke or Portland."HONOURED Sir, We, the under signed, Steerage Passengers from London to New Zealand, feeling deeply that everything that could be done for our safety and comfort has been done by you, beg leave to present you with this Testimonial oft our heartfelt gratitude at the end of our passage. Our inexperience has, we doubt not, made us blind to many changers and difficulties, but every night we have gone to our beds perfectly content, and feeling assured that while we would he soundly sleeping, the skilful precaution and admirably sustained vigilance of the ship's Commander would be our safeguard. We do not wish to present you with a fulsome panegyne, but the least that we can say is, that should any or all of us have occasion ever to cross the sea again, our greatest wish would be that our ship might be commanded by a gentleman in whom we could confide as securely as in the present case. Our joy at nearing the land of our adoption is mixed up with feelings of much regret at the prospect of parting with our highly respected Commander; and it is our best wishes and most fervent prayers that every success may attend his amiable lady and himself.
J. H. Thomas, M. Thomas, Simon Hossack, Agnes Hossack, John Goodwin, Lucy Goodwin, Eliz Lomas, Adam Bloor, Mary Bloor, William Medings, Harriett Medings, Thomas Hall, Mary Hall, Thomas Thompson, Frances Thompson, Donald Mackay, Robert Henry Reed, Richard Lomas, James Meldrum, Robert Donaldson, William Pease, John C. Macky, Edmund Shakespeare, George Dell, Robert Jones, William Sutton, George Wood, William Wheeler, James H.H. Figgs, Robert H. Figgs, James Young, Isabella Young, Rodk. McKay, Barbara McKay, Thomas Barclay, Barbara Barclay, William Grace, Catherine Grace, William Wheeler, Ann Wheeler, John Sunckell, Ann Sunckell, Thomas Bayley, Sarah Bayley, David Bishop, Mary I. Bishop, William Marks, Hannah Marks, Eliza Wood, Ursula Wood, Nancy Wood, Catherine Wood, Anne Macky, Jane S. Macky, Augusta McKenzie, Charlotte McKenzie.

Drawings: John Pearse  1808-1882 drew sketches of his fellow passengers, the crew and ship activities. The original sketches are held at the Alexander Turnbull Library, the research library within the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington. Include drawing of the ship, plans of the accommodation on its lower and upper decks, copies of Pearse's shipboard baggage receipts, a copy of an advertisement for the departure of the Duke of Portland from London, bound for Lyttelton, Wellington & Auckland on 10 June 1851, and a label stating 'plan of the accommodation of the fine passenger ship Duke of Portland". Thirteen small sketches include four drawings of albatross, two of rigging, three of the artist's cabin, two of sailors reefing the sails, two relating to a trick played on the Schoolmaster, White, and the theft of his cap, one of the Springbok, an American barque. Twenty-two sketches appear in John MacGibbon's book 'Going Abroad'. 

John Pearse published the ship's newspaper for the Duke of Portland "The Portland Gazette and Flying Jib". issue no. 4, Thursday 17 July 1851 Editorial with a sketch showing a contribution box, two men approaching with their rolled up contributions to the newspaper and two others observing. Ink on blue paper, 212 x 202 mm on inscribed sheet, 322 x 404 mm Handwritten.

Pearse's sketchbooks, 93 leaves, record of colonial life aboard the ship Duke of Portland and on arrival in Wellington, with portraits, house portraits, landscapes, depictions of Maori life, scenes in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Rangitikei district, Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa, Nelson, Motueka, Wanganui, East Coast of the North Island, plants and birds. 127 watercolour and ink and wash drawings plus 3 maps.  Held at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Lloyd's Register :
Master: Captain William John Cubitt
Rigging: Bark; sheathed in yellow metal in 1851
Tonnage: 468 tons using old measurements and 533 tons using new measurements
Construction: 1842 in Troon
Owners: Hamlin & Co.
Port of registry: Greenock
Port of survey: London
Voyage: sailed for New Zealand

HALL: Elizabeth Hall was from Coventry. She married John Gibbs Hart. Their son James Reese Hart settled at Waitohi, South Canterbury. Another son, George, had a blacksmith trade at Pleasant Point. Ref: Moonshine Country by Gordon Ogilvie.

LeFLEMING : Michael LeFleming & Miss Elizabeth BODIE of the Chief Cabin passengers. Canterbury Museum McDonald Dictionary : 'Also on the ship were Alexander Sherwood Jackson, known as "Russian" Jackson because he had a commission in the Russian Army. Jackson brought with him his son and daughter and a Miss Boddie, who was a daughter of Captain Boddie of the Russian Imperial Navy. Michael was later to marry Miss Boddie, who was also Jackson's niece, as well, Jackson's wife was a half sister of Mrs Le Fleming. The partners Michael & William Le Fleming and A. S. Jackson took up Run 130 (20,000 acres) on 15 Oct 1851 and called it  "Easedale Nook" (close to Springfield). At the end of 1855 they sold the station to the Perceval brothers but apparently without the cattle which they sold in November 1856.

Michael Le Fleming stood unsuccessfully for Avon in the election for the Provincial Council in November 1857 and he was made a trustee of the Christchurch Mechanics Institute when it was founded in 1859.  He bought some land in the Heathcote south side out of Col. Crans(?) Heathcote section, known as Riverlaw and built a house there which frequently appears on early records as Isbel Lodge. A. S. Jackson died there in 1860.   It later became known as the Oaks and Mark Egan lived there with his son after him. Information courtesy of Geoff Green. Posted 30 April 2000.

Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser
25 November 1890 Page 2
Obituary. It is with great regret we record the death of another old settler in the person of Mr John Sunckell, who died last Friday night. He must have passed away at the good old age of 75, for he was found dead in his bed on Saturday morning. Mr Sunckell was a native of Cumberland, and came to the colony in Sept., 1851, in the Duke of Portland. He worked at first on the Ferry Road, and then he and his wife came to the Peninsula. He was at Long Bay in Mr Henderson's employ in 1852, and was afterwards manager for the same gentleman at Libeau's Peak. He subsequently purchased land at German Bay, where his dairy farm is now. After residing there many years he built Windermere House, and came to live in Akaroa, renting his station. He and Mrs Sunckell had a large family of eleven children. His loss will be much regretted by his family and numerous friends. The funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended.

John Sunckell (1815-1890)
He was born in Cumberland and came out on the Duke of Portland at age 35 with his wife Ann aged 22 and an infant daughter, Ann. He married Ann Wilson b. Lancs. and brought up in Westmorland oldest daughter of John Wilson. The Sunckell family was living at German Bay in 1875 - 1883 and probably longer. John was a farmer. John died Nov. 21st 1890 at Windermere house, Akaroa at age 75 of a paralytic stroke. He left a widow and a family of 12 Children being born in NZ in 1852, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1859, 1863, 1865, 1867 William Henry Sunckell, 1869, 1871. Looks like John married Lucy Johnson in 1878. Lucy died in 1908 aged 49yrs. He had three children by Lucy:
1883 Sunckell Thomas John Stanley
1894 Sunckell Charles
1890 Sunckell Mary Ellener

News and Notes, From the "Lyttelton Times," September 27, 1851
Arrived - September 26, ship Duke of Portland, 533 tons, Cubitt, from London, June 11, and Portsmouth, June 19, with 13 chief cabin, 16 intermediate and 122 steerage passengers.

As a boat was making for the Lady Nugent on Tuesday, it capsized not far from the vessel. and a policeman named Fitzgerald was unfortunately drowned.

The Duke of Portland entered the harbour early on Friday morning with 151 immigrants, after a speedy voyage. Little of fresh importance was occurring in England when she left. Her mail is a small one, the Cashmere having sailed for Auckland a few days before.

News and Notes, From the "Lyttelton Times," October 4, 1851
The passengers on board the ship Duke of Portland cannot take leave of their excellent captain, William Cubitt, without publicly expressing their thanks for his constant attention to their comfort, and his invariable civility, as well as to testify their admiration of his qualities as a navigator and commander. It also gives them the greatest pleasure hereby to thank Dr Powell, physician, and the Rev. A. N. Butterworth, chaplain, for their kindly behaviour to all on board, and their attention to their several duties; nor would they on any account fail to mention the efficiency of the other officers and the crew- Advt.

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Cabin or Saloon gave way to first or second class.
Cabin may refer to first class in a two class ship (cabin and steerage).
Chief cabin, second cabin, steerage cabin and steerage
Cabin may well refer to second class in a three class ship (First-Cabin-Third) in later years.
Kajuete [German] means cabin in English.